Philadelphia Flyers “at” Tampa Bay Lightning Preview – one recreation for …

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Philadelphia Flyers “@” Tampa Bay Lightning: Round Robin Game 3
Time: 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Scotiabank Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: NBC, SN1, SN360, TVAS, NHL.TV
Opponent SB Nation Site: Broad Street Hockey
Preview:

In terms of pre-playoff hockey…

About Philadelphia
Philadelphia, colloquially Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city with a 2019 estimated population of 1,584,064. Since 1854, the city has had the same geographic boundaries as Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley’s population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.Philadelphia is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Several other key events occurred in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War including the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, and the Siege of Fort Mifflin. Philadelphia remained the nation’s largest city until being overtaken by New York City in 1790; the city was also one of the nation’s capitals during the revolution, serving as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C. was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and a railroad hub. The city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland, Italy and Germany—the three largest reported ancestry groups in the city as of 2015. In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War, as well as Puerto Ricans. The city’s population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950.
The Philadelphia area’s many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. As of 2019, the Philadelphia metropolitan area is estimated to produce a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $490 billion. Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is expanding, with a market of almost 81,900 commercial properties in 2016, including several nationally prominent skyscrapers. Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States. The city is known for its arts, culture, cuisine, and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent $6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has also emerged as a biotechnology hub.Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, and is also the home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library (1731), hospital (1751), medical school (1765), national capital (1774), stock exchange (1790), zoo (1874), and business school (1881). Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall. The city became a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States. Although Philadelphia is rapidly undergoing gentrification, the city actively maintains strategies to minimize displacement of homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Philadelphia Flyers “at” Tampa Bay Lightning Preview: one game for …

About Flyers
Flyer or flier may refer to:

An aviator, a person who flies an aircraft
Flyer (pamphlet), a single-page leaflet

It’s simple, if the Tampa Bay Lightning win this game in any scenario, they’ll earn the first seed in the Eastern Conference and will have “home ice advantage” (mostly just last change) throughout the playoffs. They’ll also play the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.

If the Lightning lose this game, they’ll be the second seed and will face either the Toronto Maple Leafs, who completed a 3-0 comeback in the final four minutes of Game 4 to push Game 5, or the Columbus Blue Jackets, who completed a 3-0 comeback over the Leafs in Game 3. Both teams have a history with the Lightning, one was supposed to be their first-round opponent all along, the other ousted them in the first round last season. Neither are opponents you want to play if the Montreal Canadiens are also in the room.

Philadelphia Flyers “at” Tampa Bay Lightning Preview: one game for …

TL;DR: there’s a lot at stake here!

Looking at the task at hand, the Flyers are a very good — and especially very hot — team right now. They have strengths at all three positions and they play you hard when they’re on. For one of the league’s most wild teams in terms of streaks in the regular season, they really seem to have figured it out for this quick tournament. They won’t be easy to beat. What will be important is to get ahead against the Couturier line (though it’ll be very hard to do), then hope the second line can provide some offense, and then hopefully the third line can shut down their second line. That’s what the matchups look like they’re going to be.

Lightning Lines

Here is what the Lightning ran in practice, they were without Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon, and Jan Rutta on the ice. Status is still unknown for Maroon and Rutta, but Stamkos will miss the game, so those will most likely be the forward lines (likely with Verhaeghe out for Maroon if he’s good to go). Andrei Vasilevskiy will start.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Anthony Cirelli – Tyler Johnson
Barclay Goodrow – Yanni Gourde – Blake Coleman
Cedric Paquette – Mitchell Stephens – Carter Verhaeghe
Potentially in: Pat Maroon
Scratched: Alex Volkov, Mathieu Joseph

Defense

Victor Hedman – Zach Bogosian
Ryan McDonagh – Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev – Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Starting
Curtis McElhinney


Flyers Lines

Here are the lines from the Flyers NHL.com guy. With JVR back in the lineup, this team is three lines deep with a very capable fourth line similar to that of the Bolts. Couturier is going to be the shutdown guy for the Point line. Offense is going to need to come from everyone else just to be safe. As for their defense, it looks very deep. I like every player in that group, and as a Toronto native, I am very jealous. Carter Hart in net has been one of the best goalies in the league.

Forwards

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Derek Grant – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman – Nate Thompson – Tyler Pitlick

Defense

Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere – Justin Braun

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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